Twitter to host its real-time services on Amazon’s cloud

  • 17/12/2020

Amazon Web Services Inc. rolled out another marquee cloud customer today, saying Twitter Inc. has chosen to deliver Twitter timelines on its cloud infrastructure.

Under the multiyear deal, Twitter will use AWS’s cloud infrastructure to support the delivery of millions of tweets around the world. It marks the first time that the social media giant has expanded its real-time services to the public cloud.

Twitter has used AWS’ cloud storage, compute, database and content delivery services for more than a decade, mainly to support its distribution of images, video and ad content. With the expanded partnership, Twitter will take advantage of AWS capabilities in compute, containers, storage and security to deliver its real-time services in the cloud too. It will also use the AWS cloud to develop and deploy new features aimed at improving the way people use its platform.

AWS said Twitter plans to create an architecture that will expand its on-premises infrastructure to run and scale its real-time service globally. That should increase the reliability of Twitter’s services through AWS’ fault-tolerant infrastructure and enable it to introduce new features more rapidly in every part of the world.

Some of the services Twitter will use include the new AWS Graviton2-based instances and AWS container services. They will be used to power cloud-based workloads and develop and deploy new features and applications, AWS said.

“The collaboration with AWS will improve performance for people who use Twitter by enabling us to serve Tweets from data centers closer to our customers at the same time as we leverage the Arm-based architecture of AWS Graviton2 instances,” said Twitter Chief Technology Officer Parag Agrawal. “In addition to helping us scale our infrastructure, this work with AWS enables us to ship features faster as we apply AWS’ diverse and growing portfolio of services.”

Other services that Twitter intends to use include AWS’ fast content delivery network service AWS CloudFront and its key-value database Amazon DynamoDB.

“Twitter’s decision to rely on AWS infrastructure and services for its real-time workloads will help them instantly scale their global footprint up and down without ever compromising the experience for people who use Twitter,” said Matt Garman, AWS’ vice president of sales and marketing.

The expanded partnership with Twitter is Amazon’s second major cloud deal this week, following the aviation industry group Star Alliance’s decision to go all-in on AWS’s cloud infrastructure.